Tibet is Autonomous kingdom which is located in the south-west of China. It is 1.22 million square kilometres with a population of 2.3 million of which 95% are Tibetan. Tibet is one of the most interesting, remote and undeveloped part of the world. Its limited facilities for tourists are only approaching a reasonable standard. A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted; the travelling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable. Due to Tibet's high altitude travellers with a history of heart, lung or anaemia problems should consult a doctor before considering a visit. The infrastructure of the Tourist industry is still very basic in the remote country. Please do not expect the standards you are accustomed to in the west. However, every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.
Clothing Accessories: From Oct.-March warm clothes are required to fight the frostily cold and from April-September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and sweater are advised throughout the years as the weather may unexpectedly changes at any time. The recommended items are: A domestic first aid kit; water purification tablets (mineral water can be bought as well) toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sun glasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes.
Customs: There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are for personal use or if commercial use should be registered with a custom official. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government is prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive.
Food & drinks: Tibet has only a handful of towns, and Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is handy to carry anything that can be brewed with hot water. Instant coffee, drinking chocolate, tea (bags), soup cubes. Other food items worth considering are instant noodles, nuts and raisins, chocolate, dry foods and biscuits.
Business Hours: Government offices are usually closed on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.
Currency: You will need to have local currency. And unlike most locations around the world, paying for things in Tibet has its own rules, many of which are unlike anything you may have seen before in other Asian countries. Modern currency in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (often written as “CNY”), otherwise known as the Ren Min Bi (RMB). Currency comes in denominations of 0.1, 0.2, and 0.5 RMB bills (or 1, 2, and 5 Mao), as well as in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 RMB bills. Unlike many Asian countries, only the Chinese currency can be used in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and dollars are not accepted by stores. However, while coins can be used in many Chinese locations for payment of small things such as train tickets in vending machines, in Tibet coins are not accepted by sellers and shop-owners.
Health & Altitude problems: Travelling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very often the cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Advised, drink approx. 03 litres of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.